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  1. naturally present at birth; innate.
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Origin of inborn

before 1000; Middle English; Old English inboren native, indigenous; see in-1, born

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acquired, learned.
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  1. existing from birth; congenital; innate
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Word Origin and History for inborn


Old English inboren "native to a place," from in "within" + boren "brought forth" (see born). Of qualities in a person, 1510s.

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inborn in Medicine


  1. Possessed by an organism at birth.
  2. Inherited or hereditary.
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